Roger Moore (James Bond) and Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight)
pose on the set of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' in London
in this 1974 file photo. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty
If most men harbour a secret desire to emulate James Bond
by donning a tuxedo or packing a Walther PPK (and they do -
survey any five guys about the combination lock on their
briefcase, and three are likely to have chosen 0-0-7), it's
safe to assume that at least a few women have wondered what it
might take to become the object of Bondian affections.
Based on the last 50 years, here are a few pointers that
might help an aspiring Bond girl get a leg up on the
Pick a memorable moniker
Take a clue from Honey Ryder and Pussy Galore, Plenty O'Toole
and Holly Goodhead (excuse me, that's Dr. Holly Goodhead).
Potential vixens and villainesses should choose a punny,
sexually suggestive-sounding name. There's a good reason no
one remembers any Bond girl named "Lisa."
No Licence to grill
"You never ever see a Bond girl cooking," points out
"Skyfall" costume designer Jany Temime. "They just don't do
that. They are dressed to kill _ or to seduce or make love."
Thus, Temime's inspiration for the costumes worn by
"Skyfall's" Severine (Berenice Marlohe): the femme fatales of
'50s Hollywood, particularly actress Ava Gardner.
Weakness makes a strong Bond
"The Bond girls that have been the strongest have been the
least popular, especially the ones that were on equal footing
with Bond, such as May Day (played by Grace Jones) in 'View
to a Kill' and Michelle Yeoh (who played Wai Lin) in
'Tomorrow Never Dies,'" observes Rob Weiner, co-editor of
"James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films Are Not
Enough." Weiner does point out that Bond girls have changed,
if slowly, over the years and are far from one-dimensional
damsels in distress. "I think it's important, especially in
today's climate, to have a strong Bond girl who can hold her
own against 007," he says.
A modicum of spandex
From the moment Ursula Andress waded ashore in a soaking
two-piece in "Dr. No," it became clear that the best way to
get Bond's attention was to wear a bikini. The list of those
who memorably went to two-pieces for 007 include Claudine
Auger's Domino Derval ("Thunderball"), Britt Ekland's Mary
Goodnight ("The Man With the Golden Gun") and Halle Berry's
Jinx Johnson ("Die Another Day"), whose orange Eres bikini
and strappy white belt and knife ensemble was a clear homage
to Andress' barely dressed Honey Ryder.
Don't put gold on that finger
Although the life expectancy of a Bond playmate can fluctuate
wildly from movie to movie (with Jill Masterson's death by
skin suffocation perhaps the gold standard of an early exit),
saying "I do" can prove even more deadly. Case in point: the
late Tracy Bond (played by Diana Rigg in "On Her Majesty's
Secret Service"), whose tenure as Mrs. Bond was but a matter